Exciting changes coming to Dardanup town centre

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The culmination of extensive planning, significant community consultation and collaboration, along with allocation of funding by Council and State and Federal governments, has seen the beginnings of a transformation to the Dardanup Townsite.

The vision to create a stunning green corridor connecting Carramar Park through the Civic Precinct to Wells Recreation Park could not have achieved the momentum it has now gained without first getting several “ducks in a row”.

Crucial to the entire process was agreement by the forward-thinking and community-minded Dardanup Centrals Bushfire Brigade to move from its current location in Little Street to a site within the Wells Recreation Park.

This occurred after the Shire of Dardanup was successful in securing $450,000 from the 2020/21 Covid Stimulus funding administered by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) under the Local Government Grant Scheme (LGGS).

In addition a bequest by the late Mr Alexander Poad – who was dedicated to community service throughout his life – and facilitated by the Dardanup Branch of the Australian Red Cross has allowed for the chance to construct a purpose-built new building, rather than expanding onto the existing building.

Dardanup Centrals Bushfire Brigade Fire Control Officer Brendan Putt said the brigade’s decision was partly driven by its acknowledgement that relocation would create a great outcome for the community, allowing for the opening up of Carramar Park around the Civic Precinct.

At its meeting this week, Council considered re-purposing of the old brigade building and weighed this up against the endorsed Dardanup Community Facilities Plan, which was prepared through extensive community consultation. Council ultimately decided to stick with the endorsed plan of transforming the site by removing the building and undertaking significant landscaping as part of the Civic Precinct transformation. Council acknowledged the brigade’s decision, the input from the Dardanup Advisory Group and the broader community in developing the plan and supporting the proposed changes.

With construction of the new brigade building almost complete, attention is now turning to construction of new Wells Recreation Park Change Rooms and Stage 1 of the landscaping works for the Civic Precinct.

Tenders have been called for construction of the change rooms and Council also endorsed staged plans for landscaping works in the Civic Precinct. The Shire has submitted a grant application under the RAC’s Reconnect WA initiative to fund stage two of the landscaping project.

The project has been shortlisted by RAC and select members are being invited to vote for their preferred project so if that’s you, please cast a vote for the Dardanup Civic Precinct.

Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett said residents of Dardanup should be proud of the outcome achieved and looked forward to seeing the community’s vision for its town take shape over coming months.

Cr Bennett said the level of community spirit demonstrated by all stakeholders throughout the process to achieve such a positive outcome honoured the memory of Mr Poad in the best way possible.